December 17th I will be walking across the stage to collect my Bachelor’s degree. It is crazy to think that my time as a college student is coming to an end. In January I start my Master’s Program and before I know it, I will be completely done and thrust into the REAL world. I know a lot of my peers are in the same boat. Going into the real world is EXTREMELY intimidating…especially with the economy the way it is.
During this stressful time, I have decided it is time to start presenting myself in a more professional manner. I think this semester’s internship definitely led me to that decision. All my days spent in the classroom were spent in business professional dress being a real teacher. This experience taught me so many things about acting like a professional.
Dressing like a Professional is Key
Being in the classroom respect from your students is one of the MOST important things, and a student is not going to respect you if you don’t present yourself in a professional way. This is why it important to dress for the job…I already have several go-to teacher outfits!
First Impressions are EVERYTHING!
The way you interact with other adults is also important, who knows you could be talking to a future employer. This means…No slang, No cursing, No slouching, No fidgeting…the list goes on and on! People will judge you based on how you interact with them…
Organization is the KEY to Success
As an Education Major, it is also important to start collecting examples of your work for the GIANT portfolio all our advisors keep talking about! I have been saving copies of lesson plans, my inquiry paper and research, and letters of recommendation. All of these will come in handy when the time comes to find a job!
Connect Connect Connect
Now is the time to start reaching out to future employers and letting them know who you are, when you are graduating, and why you are the perfect choice. I am spending a few days this Christmas break shadowing several teachers at different schools in my hometown. This will provide me with the opportunity to meet more people at the schools.
It is crazy to think that in about one year I will be graduating with my Master’s Degree…and starting the crazy search for a job! I definitely hope to develop into more of a professional during the remainder of my time here at UF. These are just a few steps in the right direction!